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UN Food Agencies in Somalia promote eating fish to fight hunger

Oct 2013

The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have joined forces with Somali authorities to encourage Somalis to eat more fish as a way to fight hunger in the Horn of Africa despite Somalia's enormous marine resources, the country's fishing industry remains largely under-developed and its fisheries unexploited. This is partly due to decades of conflict and piracy on the high seas -- but also because fish does not form part of the traditional Somali diet .

"The major aim of this campaign is to encourage thousands of displaced families living in and around Dolow to start including fish in their diets," said Luca Alinovi, the FAO representative in Somalia. "The Gedo region has two rivers, the Dawa and Jubba, yet the eating of fresh fish is nearly nonexistent."

Somalia has a 3,300-kilometer coastline -- the longest in Africa -- yet the people of Somalia eat very little seafood. The country's per capita fish consumption is 2.4 kilograms per year, one of the lowest in the world. The country is still emerging from a food security crisis following the drought and famine of 2011 that left many thousands dead.

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